Campus honors late ambassador Stevens with moment of silence, memorial fund

A moment of silence will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 29, for J. Christopher Stevens, the late U.S. ambassador to Libya and a UC Berkeley alumnus, at the University of California, Berkeley’s home football game.

The campus also has set up a fund — The J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund — to receive gifts in Stevens’ honor.

“Stevens’ life epitomized the best of UC Berkeley’s graduates, a commitment to excellence at the highest level and a passion for making the world a better and more peaceful place,” Birgeneau said in a statement following the ambassador’s death.

Stevens received a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley, completing his studies in 1982. He immediately joined the Peace Corps, which took him to Morocco. This experience sparked in him an abiding interest in and passion for the Middle East, leading eventually to his successful career in the Foreign Service and postings in several Middle Eastern countries. His father, mother, stepfather and brother all are graduates of UC Berkeley. He also is survived by a sister in Seattle.

Donations can be made through UC Berkeley’s “Give to Cal” website at or mailed to The J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund c/o University Relations, 2080 Addison St., University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4200.